How to Read a Food Label | The Monthly Fix

How to Read a Food Label | The Monthly Fix

The Monthly Fix is the monthly companion to Beachbody’s premium nutrition program, Ultimate Portion Fix, created by Super Trainer Autumn Calabrese. Learn more about The Monthly Fix. In the June Topic Video for The Monthly Fix, Autumn does a deep dive into how to read a food nutrition label. Reading a food label and understanding what’s on it can help you choose the foods that fit your healthy eating plan. At first glance, a food label can look a little intimidating, but it’s actually easy to understand once you know what to look for. Autumn breaks down an example food label, focusing on serving size, percentage of daily value, and the ingredient list and explains what each section means. Here are some of the food label facts that Autumn covers: The ingredient list isn’t random; the ingredients are listed in order of how much of that ingredient is in the food. Sugar can... Read More
6 High Sodium Foods That Can Actually Help

6 High Sodium Foods That Can Actually Help

Salty foods are often seen as being bad for you, since excess sodium can contribute to heart disease, stroke, and water retention/bloating. Yet there are actually naturally salty foods that are super healthy for you—and you don’t want to ditch them from the diet completely or else you could miss out on some excellent nutrition and flavor. Of course, you’ll want to eat these high-sodium foods in moderation—not too much in one sitting—or else you could hold water uncomfortably (and feel puffy and lethargic), and you might put your cholesterol and heart health at risk for the long-term. Still though, here are a couple of salty foods that you can totally enjoy in your diet, since they offer some nutritional perks, have great taste, and they can help balance out electrolytes—something especially useful if you’re active and workout regularly. (That’s right—you do need some sodium to replenish electrolytes after a... Read More
What is PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome)?

What is PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome)?

The symptoms of PCOS are embarrassing and distressing. Diagnosis is often tricky. But if you are one of the growing numbers of women affected by this syndrome there is hope. What is PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome)? IT’S BEEN DESCRIBED as the most common hormonal disorder affecting women today. Officially, the polycystic ovarian syndrome affects approximately 4-7 percent of Australian women, but the true figures could be much higher the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association of Australia (POSAA) suggests the real figure could be as high as 12 percent. This equates to one in eight women or half a million Australian women of childbearing age, they estimate. The symptoms related to PCOS usually start in teenagers during puberty or in the early to mid-20s but can also occur at any age. The PCOS symptoms may include irregular or absent periods infertility or reduced fertility, excess hair growth on the face, (chest and... Read More
Encouragement for those with a terminal illness

Encouragement for those with a terminal illness

Having a terminal illness can feel like a death sentence. In this day with its medical miracle”, death is seen as a failure of the medical profession. Death is the enemy to be fought at all costs. We wish we could deny its very existence. We feel that if we talk about it, we will bring death to us sooner somehow. Encouragement for those with a terminal illness However, when the doctors say that there is nothing more to be done, as scary as that seems, we have been given the gift of time. This is our time and how we use it is up to us to choose. Will we control the experience or let it control us? Although having a life-threatening illness takes away “our future,” it also gives us a chance to live in the present and make our life the best it can be. Here are... Read More
The 5 Best Cheap Pantry Staples To Have At Home

The 5 Best Cheap Pantry Staples To Have At Home

Having fresh produce and meat at home can be great, as you can cook up a healthy, wholesome meal that can provide you with the nutrients you need and taste delicious. But it can be hard to always find time to get outside for a shopping trip, and delivery can surely add up. Plus, you never know if you will eat the fresh ingredients in time, as things can come up where plans can change. And that would be a waste of money and perfectly good food. That’s why having ingredients at home that have longer shelf lives can be great. They can last a while due to a longer expiration date and they are often still nutritious and versatile for quick and easy meals. It makes meal prep a breeze. If you can’t seem to make it to the grocery store, keep these great pantry staples in your kitchen... Read More